…125 Days Until Race Day
Today, I ran with Brennan.
I knew it was going to be a great run because I’ve run with Brennan before and it was one of my best runs ever. See, Brennan and I crossed the Grand Canyon and back in under 18 hours.
Brennan always seems to bring out the best in my running. Maybe because his story is so heartbreaking to me.
Diagnosed at 10 months old with stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma.
10 months later he was diagnosed with a second, highly aggressive soft tissue cancer called undifferentiated sarcoma (that’s the same cancer that our Snowdrop Foundation inspiration, Chelsey Campbell fought).
Brennan had exactly 1 year of treatment. One year from the day from when he started chemo to when his parents were told Brennan had no more options…that his secondary cancer was too aggressive.
April 9, 2012 he was transferred to hospice.
Brennan was never able to walk due to the pain and chemo.
He only began crawling at 15 months old.
Chemotherapy also prevented Brennan from being able to have a normal speech development.
Brennan passed away at home with his mother, father, older sister and family.
He was just 1 month shy of his 2nd birthday.
“Despite living majority of his life in pain and the struggle of chemotherapy, Brennan was truly a happy child. He had a love for bubbles and Zombies. He has turned out to be our greatest teacher” – Cindy Mccowen (Brennan’s Mom)
Today was for Brennan (5/26/10 – 4/25/12)
Normally when I run a 24 mile route at home, the total elevation gain is under 100 feet. Today, running at my mother-in-law’s house in Missouri, the total elevation gain for the run was 1157 feet.
Brennan, we were strong up those hills, buddy.
Who will you meet tomorrow?
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